Executive Director

Victor Evans is the executive director of the Tennessee team. His professional career includes working as a clerk at the Tennessee State Capitol as well as classroom teaching experience in both public charter and private schools. His political experience includes serving as the engagement director for the Tennessee Republican Party, where he enlisted support from myriad groups during the 2014 election cycle.

In 2015, Victor joined StudentsFirst Tennessee, where he was able to utilize his expertise by building and maintaining sustainable relationships with communities throughout the state in the collective effort to implement quality education reform policies. As the Tennessee outreach director, he plans to continue his efforts to ensure that all Tennessee children have access to a world-class education.

Victor holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Rhodes College and a master’s of education with a concentration in educational leadership from Christian Brothers University. In his spare time, Victor enjoys reading, exercising and hunting.

I aspire to be like Frederick Douglass. Here’s why:

Frederick Douglass was a leader and lifelong learner. He always strived to make life better for those around him. He understood that an education was the key to freeing oneself and becoming a self-sustaining individual.

Why I love my job:

I cherish the opportunities to engage with people in communities throughout Tennessee and hear about their experiences in the current education system. Furthermore, I enjoy collaborating with these same individuals to come up with solutions in the education reform movement.

My connection to public schools:

I am a product of public schools with great teachers who were always supportive of me. I also have classroom experience as a teacher at a public charter school, where there was a lack of overall support for students and their growth and development. With my experiences, as well as the combined expertise of my 50CAN colleagues, I am confident that the opportunities for quality education can be created for all children.

What I’m bad at:

I can have a difficult time remembering people’s names.  I’m usually the first face people see when they hear about our organization in Tennessee, and my memory can sometimes present a challenge. However, I am very good with faces and can remember everything about you— including where I first met you.